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RE: Macerator and Drop-Ins

For what it's worth, we've been using those Walmart enzyme packets with the clear gel -- just drop it in and it dissolves. The gel packets do not bother our FloJet macerator at all.
profdant139 07/28/22 06:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Spare wiring behind Microwave

Some of those wires look like 10 gauge?? If so, maybe this was for an inverter, using heavy wire to minimize voltage drop.
profdant139 07/26/22 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: Booger welded some stuff on the rig today..

Your weld looks a lot better than my duct tape. ;)
profdant139 07/25/22 09:51am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: TT When Solo....OR Truck Camper?

I think that keeping your existing TT, at least for now, is a wise move. See how it goes and then maybe splurge on a TC. For whatever it is worth, we use our little TT (12 foot box!) as a base camp for boondocking. Each day of the trip, we leave the trailer in place at the campsite and use the truck as our back-country vehicle to take us to remote trailheads. Many of these trailheads would be difficult to reach with a large truck camper due to overhanging branches and very rough terrain. That is especially true in the Eastern Sierra and Colorado. A small pop up truck camper would be more agile but would be a little more cramped. So if you want to go exploring and to visit a lot of different fishing spots, a TT/TV combo may give you more options. On the other hand, if you want to actually camp right on a remote creek or lake, then a small TC may be the way to go.
profdant139 07/19/22 05:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trip report: Sequoia after the fires

LWiddis, the sheer size of those trees is endlessly fascinating, like whales in a swimming pool. Astonishing.
profdant139 07/03/22 04:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip report: Sequoia after the fires

If you're a Sequoia fan (and who isn't?), you might find this blog post of interest -- lots of photos: Trip report
profdant139 07/03/22 12:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: trailer suspension

For whatever it's worth, I have had small (12 foot box!) single axle trailers for the past 17 years. My first one had a torsion suspension. It was not a smooth tow -- bouncy and noisy. After six years, I got a new trailer (virtually identical to the old one) and had the dealership install leaf springs, shocks, and an axle flip (for better ground clearance). Since then, I have towed about ten thousand miles a year, with no bounce. We tow on everything from rough California freeways to two-track forest roads. I have an anti-friction sway bar -- the trailer is too small for a WD. I do pay careful attention to tongue weight, and I am running Endurance Load Range D tires -- which is way more tire than I really need. But this is just anecdotal info -- I am NOT an expert. I should also add that I use a "quiet hitch" type device to take the slop out of the connection between the ball mount and the receiver. It makes a big difference -- absolutely no "porpoising," lugging, or chugging.
profdant139 07/01/22 05:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

Eastern Sierra, on BLM land, near Bridgeport, Calif., May 2022: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. Western Sierra, Sequoia National Forest, near Grant Grove, Calif., June 2022: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 07/01/22 05:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Nubs on stabilizer rod worn down. Can these be replaced?

JRScooby, that is a great tip about grinding a flat so the drill won't walk -- I will remember that the next time I have to drill through a rounded piece of metal.
profdant139 06/22/22 09:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

Well, after all that, I am going to return the panel to Costco. All of the connectors are dinky little metal tubes, the kind you'd use for powering a boom box. (I'm showing my age here.) So the way I figure it, if the manufacturer of this panel thought that this unit could charge a real 12v battery, they would have included some hardware (maybe alligator clips??) that would attach to the battery terminals. But they didn't. Bottom line -- I might (or might not) be able to get it to work with enough add-on hardware, but it is not worth the "sunk costs" of the hardware. I can easily return the panel to Costco -- but it is not so easy to return the hardware for a full refund.
profdant139 06/21/22 05:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

Very useful comments -- thanks! If I decide to keep this panel, I would use it to charge a group 31 deep cycle battery, with 110 amp/hour capacity. My existing 120 watt panel fully recharges my battery every day -- we carry a spare battery but never need it! (And yes, we carry a generator, also never run it.) So this new 100 watt panel (if it works with a 12 volt battery) would just add to my existing charging options. And yes, it is clearly too expensive on a "per watt" basis -- but it folds easily, it is very light, and it is easy to store. Those are important considerations, especially since our trailer is so small.
profdant139 06/21/22 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

Gde, my main concern isn't lackluster performance, although that is certainly relevant. The big issue is that I don't want to cook my 12V battery with an 18V panel!
profdant139 06/20/22 01:16pm Tech Issues
Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

Costco has a hundred watt foldable solar panel that supposedly puts out 18V. On a dollars per watt basis, it is not a great deal, but it is very easy to store and deploy, so I am willing to put up with the cost. (I already have a 120 W suitcase panel -- this new panel is for emergency use at home, as well as extra juice while camping.) My question, of course, is that I want to use this panel to charge a 12V battery. There has to be an after-market controller that will do the job. Given the specs of the panel (see link below), which controller do you recommend? Thanks in advance for your wisdom. Costco panel
profdant139 06/20/22 01:37am Tech Issues
RE: Low budget furnace thermostat fix -- quick and dirty

wa8, yes, this was a furnace-only analog t-stat. My air conditioning unit is also very old school -- I just turn the knob on the a/c cover. Almost everything in my 2012 trailer is strictly analog -- technology from the early 1950s, I think. Plain vanilla. Dumb as a rock. Propane fridge. No TV or radio. No clock. Flooded lead acid battery. I light my stove with a long-barreled cigarette lighter. My only 21st century upgrade has been LED light bulbs, which are great inventions.
profdant139 05/31/22 11:54am Tech Issues
Low budget furnace thermostat fix -- quick and dirty

Our old-school analog thermostat died. No furnace. Which is not a huge problem, since we only run it during the evening shower time, for about 10 minutes total. Of course, we will get a new thermostat, but what to do in the meantime? Answer -- hotwire it! I pulled the cover off the thermostat, unscrewed the red and white wires, and touched them together. The furnace went on immediately. At DW's suggestion, we bent each wire into a loop. When it is time to shower, the loops hook together, and the furnace is on. When we are done with the heat, we just unhook the loops. Not elegant, but it gets the job done, at least for now.
profdant139 05/30/22 05:40pm Tech Issues
RE: New meteor shower on Monday at 10 pm PDT? Get out there

Thanks for the good wishes, memtb, but we are stuck in Southern California this week -- perfectly clear skies, but the worst light pollution in the country (and maybe the world). On a good night, we can see the Big Dipper or Orion (in the winter). But it is never dark enough to see meteors. And we have to drive several hours to get to a place where the Milky Way is visible. That's why we usually boondock, if at all possible -- to make up for all of those nights without stars.
profdant139 05/30/22 05:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where to Stay in Mammoth, CA?

Here's a wild idea -- Keough Hot Springs. It's just south of Bishop. We stayed there in early 2020, just before Covid. They have a great pool and a hot spring. Not sure if they have full hookups or just water and electric (no sewer). I think they have a dump station. Keough is quiet and well located. The pool facilities are kind of funky, in a good way -- sort of 1920-era buildings.
profdant139 05/24/22 12:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to Stay in Mammoth, CA?

Boulder Creek is fine -- but it is a longer "commute" to Bristlecone from Lone Pine than from Bishop. Boulder Creek is just about exactly an hour from Bishop. As you pass through the little towns along 395, watch out for the speed limits -- in some places as low as 25. But the good news is that the slower speeds will give you more time to look at the view -- this was taken in the Bishop Creek area, about ten miles from Bishop: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/24/22 12:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
New meteor shower on Monday at 10 pm PDT? Get out there

There might be a newly-created meteor shower on Monday evening. It's a gamble (see article below), but if you are already boondocking under dark skies, what have you got to lose? Article on possible meteor shower
profdant139 05/24/22 12:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip report: East of the Eastern Sierra

Here's our latest blog post -- we were boondocking on BLM land east of Highway 395. Lots of pictures, including some of Bodie: Blog post
profdant139 05/23/22 10:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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